Meet Francisco, our Quality Lead for Echocardiography
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Francisco is our Quality Lead for Echocardiography and he thinks that Echo’s future will be around AI. He also feels that the ultimate highlight is “to make a positive difference in someone’s life, make the cardiac arrest return to sinus rhythm, find that niggly valve that is giving that shortness of breath.”
Read more about him:
Tell us about your career to date and any career highlights on the way:
It is difficult to highlight a specific moment as every day you see something out of the ordinary when doing Echocardiography. You work alongside renowned cardiologists and learn from them. You meet fantastic people (patients, work colleagues) with fantastic stories and experiences of life. But I think the ultimate career highlight is to make a positive difference in someone's life, make that cardiac arrest return to sinus rhythm or find that niggly valve that it is giving that shortness of breath.
What do you believe is the future for Echo?
I think a lot of the future in the Echo will be around AI in terms of analytics of imaging and quantitative measurements. That will hopefully give us more detailed and accurate information and reduce some of the interoperator variability. Also, it will make my back and shoulder a lot happier.
What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
When I was a teenager, I was quite a good swimmer and managed to be a national and regional champion. Then, because of multiple injuries, I had to stop. Also, I had to focus a bit more on my studies as being a swimmer is not like being a footballer.
What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?
I think you need to be quite eccentric to surprise someone these days. I have 3 kids and puppy. I am vice-chairman of Brighton Handball Club. I love to take my paddle board out along the Seven sisters. I love driving and motor sports.
How does ICS Diagnostics make a difference for the Trusts?
We provide a good quality and reliable service. Given the huge shortage of Physiologists and pressure from mounting waiting lists, we can help Trusts to improve their capacity as well as deliver a high-quality service. But what makes a difference is our team.
Lastly, what are you looking forward to the most at ICS Diagnostics?
I look forward to improving the quality standards and raise the bar even higher. That will hopefully make a difference between other service providers while expanding and becoming the largest service provider in the UK.